Picture walking through a meadow at dawn with cold feet and a haze of fog in the distance, that same serene calmness and uncertainty can be found in “Comrade.” Justin Vernon has this innate ability to paint pictures through his music that wander along the cusp between beautiful reality, and vivid imagination. As the dream reaches for the stars sonically, the raw emotion keeps your feet grounded.
Leslie usually handles the bulk of the production himself, and when you’ve dropped beats for the likes of Game, Chris Brown, Fabolous and Ne-Yo, you get the right to place your skills on a pedestal. This time around however, the personnel list grew by a few.
Detroit’s Big Sean has shared accounts from the timeline that landed him where he is today, and wrapped them up in a sophomore attempt called Hall of Fame.
Shawn Carter has a wealth of knowledge that expands beyond most. When you’ve been around the block as many times as this man has, the experiences and references become embedded in the lyricism easier then a snap of the finger.
Cole takes us on a journey of real-life accounts creating a fitting conclusion to the words Born Sinner. While each story includes the usual suspects (whips and women), Jermaine finds that depth in his writing most strive for, but only the few find.
Common did it with Electric Circus, Trent Reznor did it with The Social Network, Kanye West did it with 808s & Heartbreak, and now here we are again with Yeezus. There’s a reoccurring theme for artists when it comes to critics; repetitiveness, lack of creativity and playing it safe. Kanye West has taken the handful of digs constantly tossed around whilst releasing a new album, and thrown them out the window with great force.
Released April 29, 2013 via 4AD & Glassnote
“the first words you hear paint an unmistakably cold image to set the tone of this journey”